Watch this short video that perhaps offers a better way to understand "The Absurd"
"The Pale Blue Dot" narrated by Astronomer and astrophysicist, Carl Sagan
Then, for the next 10 minutes, journal on the following:
Homework for the week
1. Discuss the starter and a few key points:
3. Discuss The Stranger (see below)
4. Part 1 of Honors Cat's Cradle Seminar (beginning at 9:45)
The Stranger Discussion Questions
Food for thought: What is the significance of the title? Who is "the stranger" and in what ways are they estranged? How does Mersault's indifference relate to the Absurd?
Even though the woman before you this morning has curly brown hair, don't be fooled. She is not me! I am, contrary to popular opinion, not here. Where am I? En route back from my good friend's wedding in Palm Springs, CA-- the land of golf carts, retirement homes, an excessive amount of manicured lawns an a dearth of rain by which to water aforementioned lawns.
Don't fret! I won't make you do extra work while I recover from a weekend of sitting by a pool and shopping for my future retirement home. Rather, you'll get to have some quality time with Jess Adams to prepare for college (I should mention here that attending college just might ultimately allow you to shop for your own retirement home one day!) and then have a class period to get some much needed reading done!
3rd period: Jess Adams and College counseling stuff
*See the homework/calendar page or last Wednesday's blog for the reading schedule for The Stranger!
STARTER: Review Existentialism
Write a definition in your own words of the following terms:
Finish the film, Stranger than Fiction
Take notes on existential themes that we've covered so far that you see in this movie. Try to capture quotes that might fit with those themes. (*Note the terms on the board)
Terms/ideas to consider:
DISCUSS the film
Questions to consider:
DISCUSS Chapters 1 and 2 of The Stranger
Starter: Overall, what was your impression of the homework reading, "The Meaning of Life"?
“The Meaning of Life” Jigsaw
Intro to Existentialism Powerpoint
Ashley's introduction to our next book: The Stranger, by Albert Camus
Begin watching Stranger than Fiction
Read on and let me know if you're interested!
This is an email to me from Ty CHurchwell, who runs Trout Unlimited in town:
"As you know, I’m leading a community effort to fix the mines up near Silverton and get our beloved Animas to where she deserves to be – healthy! TU’s coalition, the San Juan Clean Water coalition, is playing a lead role in the Superfund process and now represents about 125 Durango businesses and thousands of individuals. In an effort to better inform our residents on the effort, I thought it would be fun and productive to utilize the parade as a way to hand out swag to people on the streets. Here’s what I’m thinking…. I’ve got boxes and boxes of campaign brochures (a simple rack card – PDF version attached so you can see it) and bumper stickers (see photo below). I’d love to give a big pile of each to these students and let them hand them out to anyone and everyone who’ll take one. There is no reason for the youngsters to be up-to-speed on our work, nor do they need to know details or answer questions. All we’re trying to do is get people to the campaign website for information. I can see these kids walking up and down Main street BEFORE the parade handing out swag. I did the exact same thing at Riverdays this past summer – I handed out thousands of bumper stickers in 15 minutes. People always want bumper stickers and they’ll take darn near anything you attempt to hand them. In other words, this won’t take long and the kids will be off-duty very quickly. Once their pile of swag is gone, they’re free to go ahead with their Snowdown mayhem. I’d meet up with them before the parade, give them their swag supply and let them loose. They’ll be done before the parade even begins, I’m sure. They could also, or alternatively, bust into the parade and walk down the street with the parade handing these things out to spectators. Other than that, they’ll be on the sidewalks.
In exchange for their help, depending on how many assist, I’ll buy these guys a gift certificate for Fired Up or Home Slice for pizzas for the group.
STARTER: The Happy vs. Meaningful Life: Stanford Research Reveals...
1. Discuss starter responses
2. Watch and respond to TED TALK: Why the Universe Exists
In your starter google doc, journal on the following three prompts:
3. In class reading: Chapter 28: “The Meaning of Life” Richard Taylor
Homework: Choose a quote from the reading (“The Meaning of Life”) that struck a chord with you personally. Explain what the quote means to you and how it might relate to your developing philosophy about the meaning of life. Write this down in your STARTER GOOGLE DOC!
Starter 8: Watch Alan Watts' "What do you desire?" and journal on the following questions:
Overview of Project #3: Your Life on Earth project description
The Happy vs. Meaningful Life: Stanford Research Reveals...
Starter: Take the mock trial project feedback survey
1. TURN IN ALL OF YOUR MOCK TRIAL WORK
Staple all of your work with your name on it and put it in your team's folder
Clear out your team's folder of ALL other stuff and put on the table in the front of the room
2. Does anyone want a head start on our next class novel?
1. Ashley to explain the DP Update Guidelines
3. DP Update work time
DP Update RESOURCES
Alright y'all! Today is the day.!
Remember Shay's words: You are the creme de la creme! Be confident! You got this!
Last minute reminders:
Slideshow of what to expect in our Osprey Week trip
Letter to Parents and Important Deadlines
Complete this survey
Brainstorm ways to make our hut trip AWESOME or end with a ski film!
Friday, January 20: Osprey Week Scholarship form due; here is the link to the form. Please understand that our scholarship funds are extremely limited and we will award full or partial scholarships based on need. If you’re interested in donating to the scholarship fund, don’t hesitate! That can be done via the “make a donation” tab on our website; please specify that you’re donating to the “Osprey Week Scholarship Fund.” There are a small handful of no-cost trips this year, and we will try to find someplace for your student if payment is not received by February 17.
Friday, January 27: First payment of at least 50% OW fee is due. The total cost of your student’s OW will be listed in Infinite Campus under the “Fees” tab on Wednesday, January 18. You may pay OW fees through IC or via check/cash delivered to the main office. You may certainly pay in full at any time.
Friday, February 17: Full payment due.
Wednesdays, February 22: Second Osprey Week meeting for students with their group during advisory period.
Monday, March 20- Friday March 24: Osprey Week!
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School